On July 17, 2017, SWIFT staff and partners attended the OSEP 2017 Leadership Conference. Dr. Carol Quirk and Maryland SEA Coordinator Karla Marty participated on a large group panel with Dr. Jennifer Kurth from the University of Kansas. The three shared national and SWIFT data on inclusive practices with a packed audience of over 200 people, as well as stories of how SWIFT partner districts have built their capacity to support schoolwide implementation. Several state directors were present, as well as representatives from other national centers.

In addition, Dr. Jessica Meisenheimer and school administrators from SWIFT partners in Portland (Oregon) Public Schools—Kathleen Ellwood and Ivonne Dibblee—hosted two poster sessions titled "SWIFT Technical Assistance Process" and "Implementation of SWIFT Over Time." They were able to share an overview of our technical assistance approach, and more importantly, the story behind some of Portland’s successes.

SWIFT filmmaker Dan Habib is at it again, this time with an “MTSS Trilogy”. Three brief clips explain the different tiers of MTSS. You can find them on SWIFT Shelf under “New Releases” and “Film & Videos,” on the SWIFT YouTube Channel , or the SWIFT Vimeo page . You can also download each clip directly with the following links:

MTSS: Universal Support

MTSS: Additional Support

MTSS: Intensified Support

Our newest Research to Practice brief, "Sustaining SWPBIS for Inclusive Behavior Instruction," is available on SWIFT Shelf . This brief reviews a research article that analyzes results from 17 school and district personnel in British Columbia who used School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for an average of nine years. Click here to read or download .

SWIFT Unscripted is a monthly podcast featuring guests from among the SWIFT community.  A transcript link for each SWIFT Unscripted podcast is available at the end of its description. You can listen on SoundCloud or iTunes, or visit the SWIFT Unscripted page to download the podcast to your computer.

This month and next, we welcome Dr. Susan Shapiro to SWIFT Unscripted for a special two-part podcast on tailoring education, differentiating instruction, and social/behavioral instruction. Click here to listen to Part 1 or read the transcript.

SWIFT Talk is a blog where you can find brief articles from various points of view in the SWIFT community.

Supporting Schoolwide Transformation — Dr. Amy McCart reminisces about her early days installing MTSS in schools, and how those experiences help cast the vision for SWIFT’s future.

On the Cutting Edge of Cultural Competence — Dr. Monique Green and Linda Rohrbaugh share Queen Anne’s County’s efforts to adopt more culturally responsive practices, starting with cultural competence focus groups.

Do you like to write and have a story to share about equity-based inclusive education? SWIFT welcomes submissions that advance the practice of equity, excellence, and All Means All. Click here for submission guidelines.

SWIFT Webinars are free, closed captioned, and live on the third Wednesday of every month on topics related to SWIFT Domains and Features. Recordings of all webinars can be downloaded from the Webinar section of SWIFT Shelf.

SWIFT Webinars are on summer break! No new webinars in July or August. We will keep you posted on future SWIFT webinars and professional learning opportunities via the SWIFT Newsletter and Facebook page . In the meantime, if you missed a webinar, or want to revisit one, check out the Webinar section on SWIFT Shelf ! This month, we recommend Michael McSheehan and Dr. Dawn Miller’s webinar, MTSS and Special Education: One System, Continuum of Supports .
The SWIFT Center produced this document under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Grant No. H326Y120005. OSEP Project Officers Grace Zamora Durán and Tina Diamond served as the project officers. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the Department of Education. No official endorsement by the U.S. Department of Education of any product, commodity, service or enterprise mentioned in this publication is intended or should be inferred. This product is public domain. Authorization to reproduce it in whole or in part is granted. While permission to reprint this publication is not necessary, the citation should be: SWIFT Center. (2017). SWIFT News, Issue 45, July 2017. Lawrence, KS: SWIFT Center

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